It's not often that I'm at a loss for words but this post has been very difficult to write. The Kay is sad; she is mourning. One of the things I hate most about getting older is that I'm losing people. And wax melancholy at what I call a "mortality check", i.e., a mental hotfoot that sets me thinking about why I'm still here.
I, like many of you, have lost two people I greatly enjoy and admire in the Blogosphere recently: Joycelyn Ward of Maya's Granny and Winston Rand of Nobody Asked . . . . Both were wonderful voices in the Blogosphere and they will be greatly missed by many. Joycelyn passed away after a long recovery from a serious illness; Winston's illness was quick and unexpected.
I didn't get to know Joycelyn well except through her blog and I admired her greatly for her outstanding insights, wit, and wisdom. She was a great lady whose contributions gave me a great deal of food for thought. Her daughter, Julie, has written several excellent, loving posts there in her memory.
Winston was a definite friend. I call people like him Friends I've Never Met of which all y'all who stop by here are a part. If I moaned and groaned about a computer dilemma here, there would be an email from him post haste with a diagnosis and a fix. He and I both were fans of Thoreau and we'd send each links about him now and again. I always enjoyed stopping by his place for a dose of his wry humor and cutting insights. His beloved wife, aka Roomie, has written a lovely memorial about him on his blog.
The memorials written by both Julie and Roomie set me a-thinking but I'm not going there for now. I share their loss and have both families in my prayers.
May they both be in the loving arms of a loving and gracious God. I shall miss them both greatly.